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Thousands of Businesses Worldwide, Iron Man, Museum Safety Experts, OSHA Officials, FMCSA Officials and Over 60 Partner Organizations Join Safety Pros, Kids to Promote Work Safety

Posted in on Mon, May 3, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (May 3, 2010) — Each year, close to 6,000 people die from on-the-job injuries and millions suffer from on-the-job illnesses in the U.S. A recent mining explosion in West Virginia took the lives of 29 miners, which is yet another reminder of the importance of workplace safety. During the May 2-8 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and partners, including Iron Man, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and 60 corporate /association partners (, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and more will be holding events and providing information at work and in their communities on how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses throughout the year.

As “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces” suggests, ASSE and its more than 32,000 members continue to lead efforts in work safety for businesses, workers and communities. ASSE aims to reach millions of people worldwide about the importance and long-term benefits of workplace safety and health. Events will be held countrywide, including special NAOSH kick-off events in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., NAOSH kick-off events will include: “Workplace Safety Concerns/Solutions for Super Heroes,” starring Iron Man, at the Smithsonian Institution, complete with ASSE members and Smithsonian safety professionals sharing “Safety Mysteries at the Museum;” a special NAOSH 2010 kick-off event with OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels, CSSE members, ASSE officials and 60 + partner organizations at the U.S. Department of Labor; and to conclude the day’s programs, FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro, ASSE and CSSE officials will recognize winners and entrants of the 8th annual ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest and will discuss efforts to prevent workplace fatalities and injuries, including the number one cause of on-the-job-deaths, transportation incidents.

In addition to the events taking place in Washington, D.C., on Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, Wednesday, May 5, ASSE, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the American Trucking Association (ATA) will be hosting a safety press conference at Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, OR, at 10:00 a.m. focusing on roadway safety and the prevention of roadway crashes, the number one cause of on-the-job fatalities.

For more information and activities you can plan to participate in NAOSH Week, please visit .

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information, please visit

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